Your favourite Shaw Brothers - movies

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November 13th, 2013, 9:17 am #11

A lot of great Shaw classics mentioned here, I think Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan should be on the list of essentials. It's surely one of my favorites.

And Heroes Two - Media Blasters/Tokyo Shock released it with an excellent commentary by Linn Haynes (R.I.P. - sorely missed) that includes a lot of information and would be a great starting point for anyone with an interest in Shaw Brothers/Chang Cheh kung fu films.

Also Heroes of the East and Legendary Weapons of China, both directed by the great Liu Chia-Liang who passed away recently, are highly recommended.

The One-Armed Swordsman films are essential viewing too although mostly because the first one has historical significance within the kung fu genre. Part 2 (Return of the One-Armed Swordsman) is also highly entertaining and the third is basically more of the same.
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November 13th, 2013, 6:47 pm #12

Jack J wrote: It shits me that Celestial cancelled their release of the sequel to The Drug Connection aka The Sexy Killer 1976 which is called Lady Exterminator. It only exists on an awful bootleg that was filmed off a cinema screen. I would have loved to see a proper print. It's a pretty good follow-up to Drug Connection/Sexy Killer.
Are you referring to the English dubbed, Arabic print? I have a DVD-R of that too and you're right, it's terrible! Pity as it's also one of my most wanted Shaws...perhaps one day it'll be screened on the Celestial channel?
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November 15th, 2013, 2:25 am #13

Yes, that's the one. It's missing info on all sides cos it's clearly filmed off a cinema screen.

There was at least one fucked up bootlegger who advertised having the film and sold a boot with a cover from it (taken from the HKMDB site) but the film on the dvd is the Indonesian film by the same title!! The Eva Arnaz film. :wacko:

http://backyard-asia.blogspot.dk/2012/0 ... wrong.html
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November 15th, 2013, 8:16 pm #14

Jack J wrote: Yes, that's the one. It's missing info on all sides cos it's clearly filmed off a cinema screen.

There was at least one fucked up bootlegger who advertised having the film and sold a boot with a cover from it (taken from the HKMDB site) but the film on the dvd is the Indonesian film by the same title!! The Eva Arnaz film. :wacko:

http://backyard-asia.blogspot.dk/2012/0 ... wrong.html
Coincidentally, that Danish release of Lady Exterminator is one of my most wanted tapes!
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November 15th, 2013, 9:22 pm #15

bubikoglu wrote:
Jack J wrote: Yes, that's the one. It's missing info on all sides cos it's clearly filmed off a cinema screen.

There was at least one fucked up bootlegger who advertised having the film and sold a boot with a cover from it (taken from the HKMDB site) but the film on the dvd is the Indonesian film by the same title!! The Eva Arnaz film.  :wacko:

http://backyard-asia.blogspot.dk/2012/0 ... wrong.html
Coincidentally, that Danish release of Lady Exterminator is one of my most wanted tapes!
I'm not selling mine.
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November 23rd, 2013, 12:30 am #16

Takuma wrote: No one has mentioned Men from the Gutter (1983)! Easily one of my top-10 Shaws, a very badass modern day action thriller

Great stuff, full on
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November 23rd, 2013, 12:32 am #17

bubikoglu wrote: If you liked Lost Souls then it sounds like you'd prefer the more horror / exploitation tinged Shaws, in which case some good horror/fantasy starting points are:

(titles in bold are, in my opinion, essential viewing for anyone newly into Shaw Bros films)

Bamboo House of Dolls
Black Magic I & II
Killer Snakes
Battle Wizard
Bloody Parrot
Seeding of a Ghost
Boxer's Omen
Web of Death
Bewitched
...and not forgetting Haunted Tales, sadly a VCD only release.
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May 28th, 2014, 11:26 am #18

Ha I almost forget this thread, but yesterday I finally ordered Men from the Gutter and Black Magic 1 both as HK-DVDs so thank you very much for you recommendations!

This thread definitely deserves a push.

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June 24th, 2014, 7:50 pm #19

I just watched "Men from the Gutter" and I really liked that one, thank you for your recommendation.
Next one on my to-watch-list is "Black Magic 1", I bought the IVL / Celestial - DVD of it.
Speaking of "Men from the Gutter", which other movies made by Lam Nai-Choi, besides of Story of Ricky, can you recommend?

Ok, this is a little bit more widespread than only Shaw Brothers productions but lets don't get too picky here. To remind you which movies he made, here is the hkmdb link.

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June 24th, 2014, 9:15 pm #20

okerlo wrote: Speaking of "Men from the Gutter", which other movies made by Lam Nai-Choi, besides of Story of Ricky, can you recommend?
Lam Nai-Choi (or whatever's his name, I usually see him being called Ngai Kai Lam) is an amazing filmmaker! I can honestly recommend most of his filmography, my favorites being "The Cat" & "Peacock King".
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